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Heard of a land held by untroubled hands,
Where the whiskey runs cold.
Don't you dare go ask the newsman,
Cause tell you everything he don't know.

She was a child of the second American Revolution,
Tall girl with a stone's constitution.
When she fell into the hands of the enemy,
She touched her hand, and sank her ankles deep.

So go and riddle me over,
I'm a man got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground,
In this here London town.
So go and riddle me over,
I'm a man got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground.
Got my back to the fire,
But it ain't the greatest night of falling down.

Ophelia used to swim in the rain,
Ain't nothing she'd rather do.
I was beside myself when the news had come.
It had nothing to do with you.

They meant to say they'd never fight no more,
After the days she went away.
What in the world are we asking for
If we don't give each shot a time?

So go and riddle me over,
I'm a man got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground,
In this here London town.
So go and riddle me over,
I'm a man got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground.
Got my back to the fire, and my feet on the ground,
But it ain't the bridges that are falling.

Go and riddle me over.
I'm a man, got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground.
Go....
And riddle me over.
But it ain't the greatest night of falling down.
Riddle me over.
I'm a man, got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground.
Go...
And riddle me over.
But it ain't the bridges that are falling down.

Go and riddle me over.
I'm a man, got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground.
Go....
And riddle me over.
But it ain't the greatest night of falling down.
Riddle me over.
I'm a man, got nothing to show for,
My work in the ground.
Go...
And riddle me over.
But it ain't the bridges that are falling down.


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    General Commentawsome song...i didnt actually go to the summerville concert so i didnt hear it live but i got all points bulletin so thats cool. i wish they hadnt broken up, but i guess what do yo expect after 8 years? was an awsome 8 years though... yeah as for the meaning of this song? i have no clue, but still so good
    La De Daon May 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about hamlet because the riddle of figureing everything out and the obviouse mention of ophelia and her swimming and drowning
    blindmisfitson May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit is just a string of random verses strung together in a song. yeah like part of it is hamlet, part of it is about a coal mine, part of it is about immigrants
    Harv043on October 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhy should it be about hamlet, hamlet plays in denmark .. ?
    blackberry0406on October 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the majority of it is about the war of 1812. Because it says "red on the over" the British, "got my back to the fire" The burning of Washington Dc. Some of it is about the plight of the American during the 1800's. I don't know the part about Ophelia.
    Craziness101on March 23, 2010   Link

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